India—a megabiodiverse country—is host to a spectacular number of amphibians, many of them endemic. Amphibians of India is a peer-reviewed biodiversity platform that is designed to disseminate comprehensive information on the biology of amphibians, encourage their observation to study natural history, gather population and distributional data in a centralized database, and spread awareness about amphibian conservation. It is developed by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies (“IFoundButterflies”), a group of biologists and naturalists. It is a model of citizen science, where ordinary citizens participate in gathering scientific data on a free, yet authentic, online platform.
(a) To provide a species-based bioinformatics platform that is designed for aggregating, displaying and analysing peer-reviewed data on Indian amphibians, and (b) To build a strong community around research and conservation of Indian amphibians through citizen science and outreach.
Amphibians of India is an advanced biodiversity informatics platform, home-grown and custom-made to serve citizen scientists in the country, and hosted in a national research institution. The focus is on collecting data on a variety of aspects of species biology, not only spatio-temporal occurrence.
No prior preparation or expertise is required, although prior experience will help contributors and users get more out of this platform. Thus, beginning as well as advanced naturalists, nature lovers, students and practicing scientists can participate in this project.